Latest Southern Baptist Groveling Still Not Good Enough

Under its current leadership the Southern Baptist Convention has moved from one embarrassing denouncement of “racism” to another. The latest is a report from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY:

The report said that all of the seminary’s founders owned slaves (more than 50 people were owned), and that the seminary used religious ideology to defend slavery and racial inequality both before and more than 100 years after emancipation.

“There is a sense of historical reckoning taking shape that is far larger than one institution or region of the country,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in an interview. “There are unavoidable questions being asked and I think we have quite deliberately not told parts of the story. And it’s the details, frankly, that hit with a certain kind of horror.”

Essentially the SBC is criticizing its founders for accurately accepting what the Bible says about slavery. The Bible nowhere condemns slavery as a sin, and the crazed abolitionism that brought about the Civil War was clearly based on atheistic Jacobinism, not Christian principles.

It seems quite likely that the leadership of the SBC is intent on completely co-opting the denomination for the globalist cause, while many of the more naive members think that groveling before the multicultural Caesar will allow them to be left in peace. This latter group is surely deluded, as is obvious from the coverage of the new report by NBC. According to the leftist media simply apologizing for racism is not enough. It is now necessary to atone for your sin of racism by completely embracing the leftist narrative on race:

White supremacy was an organizing principle in everything from citizenship to schools, health care to policing, homeownership to jobs, and that ideology hasn’t simply evaporated, said Edward Baptist, professor of history at Cornell University and author of “The Half That Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism.”

Structural inequalities and legacy effects remain. African Americans live at the perilous end of almost every measure of social or economic well-being.

The church confronts the same riddle facing any overwhelmingly white institution that wants to grow and remain a dynamic participant in American life. The Southern Baptist Convention has thrived with a theology focused on a literal reading of the Bible, repentance from sin and elements of the Protestant ethic: American individualism, capitalism and uplift by hard work, not charity. Talking about modern school segregation, the racial wealth gap, health care as a human right, police misconduct and civil rights movements like Black Lives Matter will not be comfortable, Baptist said.

“When we talk about their current complicity, it would seem to me that they are pretty directly failing to witness to their flocks about this issue of racial injustice just as they did in the past,” Baptist said, noting that the words “Black Lives Matter” do not appear in the report.

White Southern Baptists still live in nicer neighborhoods and send their children to better schools than blacks, so therefore they are “complicit” in the same system of white supremacy that allowed slavery. The Southern Baptists did not conclude that the history of slavery justifies the violent, anti-police anarchy of Black Lives Matter, and therefore they are still part of the problem.

White Christians must realize that as long as they contradict God’s word they will be left without hope. God will not bless us when we accept what the world says about slavery and race, and the world will continue to curse and hate us simply for existing no matter how many concessions we make.

Comments

  1. m

    If owning people is not a sin, then how does one come about owning people? You either steal them, or buy them. Is stealing people a sin? Is slavery okay only if the family sells the individual?

    1. Hans Gygax

      Hello, and thank you for the questions. Are you approaching the issue of slavery from a Christ-centered biblical perspective or from a humanistic standpoint? Knowing this will give us a good starting point for the discussion.

  2. luke2236

    “stealing people” is a sin, just like stealing anything. No American slave owner ‘stole’ anyone. Africans were stolen/captured by other Africans and sold to arab slave traders. arab slave traders then sold them to mostly – almost 90% according to available records – jewish slave merchants who shipped them to America. They were bought at that point. I cant see that the final purchaser would be guilty of theft if the property was bought in good faith.
    Remember a couple of things too – most slaves came into this country in the north, and something along the lines of only 5% of Southern people owned slaves.

    More generically, slavery, historically and amongst our people, resulted from economic debt or payment of liability. Remember too that there were more white ‘slaves’ – mostly in the north, than black ones prior to the war of Northern Aggression. Furthermore, the war criminal lincoln never ’emancipated’ slaves in the north, only ones in the South where he had no authority!

  3. J

    The report is still a positive for us, because many of the historical arguments by our southern Baptist ancestors remain unimpeachable. Just from an academic perspective, we can ignore the modernist platitudes about institutional racism or inherent bias.

    Also, as sad as it is that there’s any influence of Marxism in the SBC, you know an equivalent report by the UMC or other liberal mainline denomination would twist the past and be even more apologetic today.

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